Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program
CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOPS

A key component of TDRP’s knowledge management activities is disseminating knowledge on conflict and post-conflict issues through workshops and conferences.

Tunis Conference

TDRP co-hosted a conference on "The History and Experience of Post-Conflict Reintegration and Stabilization: Reflections and Experiences from DDR in Africa" with the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Tunis, Tunisia in June 2013. Some of the results and lessons from recent studies and programs on reintegration were presented along with perspectives from TDRP, AfDB and African Union. In addition to the representatives from the three organizations, academics and researchers from universities in the United States, South Africa and Germany, human rights activists from Egypt and Tunisia as well as representatives from BICC Germany and the Turkish International Cooperation Agency (TIKA) participated at the conference. The conference was an important opportunity for practitioners and researchers to exchange ideas and foster discussion on key thematic issues pertaining to DDR. A detailed conference synopsis, conference documents, and audio are available here.

ICT Durban Workshop

TDRP collaborated with the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and researchers from the Safety and Violence Initiative at the University of Cape Town to host a workshop in Durban from 4 to 5 March 2013. The workshop's purpose was to showcase preliminary findings of TDRP-funded study investigating the potential role information and communications technology (ICT) and social media might play in DDR programming, specifically in humanitarian and emergency response activities. The workshop brought together researchers and practitioners with expertise in the field to discuss initiatives and to propose potential areas for further investigation.

Inter-Agency Working Group on DDR

The Inter-Agency Working Group on DDR (IAWG) is comprised of 22 members, of which 20 are various UN agencies that are involved in DDR activities. The two non-UN agencies are the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the World Bank/TDRP. IWWG is led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). It performs the following key functions:

  • Provide strategic advice to assist the Organization in improving its work on DDR. This includes among others, advice on the required changes, or adjustments, to the structure and processes in the Organization relating to DDR planning, implementation and monitoring;
  • Maintain and review the developed set of United Nations guidance on DDR, including recommending how such a body of guidance can systematically and periodically reviewed and updated;
  • Advise the Organization on training needs, policies and strategies in the areas of DDR, including coordinating the roll out of this set of guidance to all United Nations partners engaged in DDR;
  • Develop and manage the United Nations DDR Resource Centre;
  • Facilitate planning of DDR operations among relevant UN agencies;
  • Undertake other DDR activities as appropriate.

TDRP, on behalf of the World Bank, attends periodic meetings and workshops of IAWG.

To obtain more information about the past conferences and workshops organized or attended by TDRP and see upcoming events, please visit the Events section.


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